MANILA - The inauguration of President-elect Rodrigo Duterte on June 30 will be simple and meaningful, doing away with some practices done by his predecessors.
Speaking to the press, incoming presidential communications secretary Martin Andanar and incoming presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella gave details of the inauguration.
According to Andanar, the program will last from 10:30 a.m. to around 3 p.m.
The day of the inauguration will start at 10:30 a.m., where Duterte will be welcomed by outgoing President Benigno Aquino III.
"The program will start at 10:30 in the morning, the president should be there by 10:30 in the morning. The outgoing president should be the one welcoming the president, and inside the reception hall, the outgoing president should be giving the incoming president the guest book where the incoming president will sign and then afterwards both of them will step out of the Palace and will give the departure honors for the outgoing president," Andanar said.
He is also expected to take his oath at exactly 12 noon, as stipulated in the Constitution.
After his oath-taking, Duterte will hold a "diplomatic reception," which is a simple meeting with members of the diplomatic corps.
"After the inauguration, he will administer the mass oath-taking of the Cabinet members and after the mass oath-taking, he will be meeting the members of the diplomatic corps to be assisted by the Department of Foreign Affairs," Andanar said.
Unlike the usual vin d'honneur, where wine and cheese are usually served to guests, Andanar said Duterte will veer away from tradition, keeping the reception simple.
"Because the president is a simple man. Just chit-chat, I suppose, getting to know each other. Don't expect any champagne popping, don't expect any caviar, cheese, blue cheese. Expect durian," he said.
Duterte will also be wearing the traditional barong and slacks.
Andanar added that the program will include musical performances from singers Freddie Aguilar and Jimmy Bondoc, unless the program changes in the next couple of days.
Over 600 guests will be inside the Rizal Hall in Malacañang.
"627 guests inside the Rizal Hall. From 500, it jumped to 627 guests," Andanar said.
Abella, on the other hand, said Duterte's inauguration will be "very simple" compared to his predecessors.
"It will be very simple, very functional, very meaningful, and it's very pared down. Even the encounter, as I was explaining earlier, it will be a very brief encounter between the outgoing and the incoming. But there will be an encounter, as planned," he said.
Andanar said there will be no separate inauguration in Davao City, but some people have already donated LED screens so that residents can watch Duterte's oath-taking.
"Sa pagkakaalam ko po ay magkakaroon ng mga LED screens para mapanood po ng mga kababayan ni President Duterte ang kanyang oath-taking," Andanar said.
Will Duterte and Vice President-elect Leni Robredo meet after the inauguration? According to Abella, there are no plans for now.
He, however, said the plans may still change.
"There may be future developments. We are not entirely sure, huwag nating pangunahan," Abella said.
It was reported earlier that Duterte and Robredo will have separate inaugurations.
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